Mnozil Brass combines humor and skill to entertain their audience

Mnozil Brass
Athens Banner-Herald

By Ashley Roten

Mnozil Brass brought their whimsical Yes! Yes! Yes! show to Athens Tuesday evening as part of the Performance UGA spring series.

The Performing Arts Center was filled with brass enthusiasts from as far away as North Carolina and the performance was playfully entertaining. For more than 20 years, the seven-member Austrian group combined its love of jazz, classical and contemporary music along with humorous folly to produce a performance like no other.

Since beginning in 1992, trumpet players Thomas Gansch, Robert Rother and Roman Rindberger, trombone players Leonhard Paul, Gerhard Fubi and Zoltan Kiss, and tuba player Wilfried Brandstotter, have produced eight albums and six DVDs, have become YouTube sensations and perform more than 130 shows in more than 30 countries each year.

If Monty Python and the Three Stooges had a comedic love child that also knew how to play a brass instrument, you’d have Mnozil Brass. Brass and humor: Who knew you could successfully combine the two?

My knowledge of brass instruments is almost non-existent, but I do know a great performance when I see one. Mnozil Brass used harmony and chemistry to produce a quality sound that made you forget you were listening to only brass instruments and nothing else.

On top of musical performances and comedy interludes, Mnozil Brass surprised with a capella songs of its beloved Vienna and Austria as well. They are as harmonious in voice as they are with instruments.

As they exited the stage, the audience stood to their feet and demanded an encore performance, and they got more than your typical encore.

A brass and voice performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” proved icing on the cake and garnered a three-minute standing ovation.

Killer brass performance: check. Slapstick humor: check. Nailing a legendary rock classic as their performance exit: check.